pr with a personal touch
Specializing in food, hospitality, restaurants and lifestyle brands, Savor PR is a full-service, woman-owned and operated public relations agency based in Washington, D.C. Combining local industry knowledge with deep national relationships, Savor has experience working with both national brands and local businesses: From Wolfgang Puck and Kimpton to Michael Schlow and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, we apply an entrepreneurial spirit and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude to all of our partnerships.
HANDCRAFTED STORIES. SHARED WITH CARE.
We help brands and businesses stand out and connect with their communities by telling their stories, whether in creative positioning and messaging, traditional media placements, or on social media. But many businesses offer these same services. What makes us different is the care we put into our work and the creativity we use in doing it: As small business operators, we understand how to be smart, savvy and supportive advisors to not only improve your brand’s visibility, but also its viability. We take pride in providing hands-on, senior-level counsel to all of our clients, and being known as the agency that thoughtfully considers — and sometimes even helps to define — a client’s goals when managing their PR strategy.
INTEGRATED MARKETING + PUBLIC RELATIONS SOLUTIONS
PR is so much more than a press release. From relationship management and branding partnerships to social media, grassroots marketing and pop-up experiences, we offer a range of strategic communications services to position and market your business with tracked, measurable results. Taken collectively, convergence is our sweet spot: We bring together traditional PR practices with modern applications, deep experience with a still-scrappy work ethic, and partnerships across the industry to carve out new stories and perspectives to help you stand out.
PR + MArketing
- Brand Management
- Media Relations
- E-mail Marketing
- Media Training
- Content Creation
- Day-to-day Management
- Influencer Engagement
- Creative Promotions
- Pop-up Events
Charissa Benjamin is a seasoned communications professional with over 15 years of experience in a diverse cross-section of industries, specializing in restaurant, hospitality and lifestyle PR. Charissa’s industry experience includes managing PR and marketing campaigns for notable companies within the restaurant, spirits and wine, airline, automobile, traveling entertainment and publishing sectors. Her skills have been keenly developed while working within both PR agency and internal communications environments.
Before launching Savor PR, Charissa was PR Director for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ Mid-Atlantic region, where she managed communications for restaurants in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Va., Baltimore and Philadelphia. Through strategic planning, trend watching and consistently building press and industry contacts, she has successfully placed stories in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Every Day with Rachel Ray, CNN’s Eatocracy and more.
Elaine Mazanec is a skilled communications professional with experience in the hospitality, restaurant and non-profit sectors, and a passion for food, wine and travel. Prior to Savor PR, she was a Public Relations Specialist for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where she handled public relations in the Mid-Atlantic region. In that role, she built close relationships with journalists covering the industry, and counseled the chefs, general managers and restaurant operators on everything from media relations to industry trends, social media strategy and event execution.
Elaine also worked at the public affairs powerhouse, APCO Worldwide, where she provided clients with strategic counsel regarding corporate responsibility platforms and programs, media strategies and stakeholder outreach. She has experience coordinating national public health campaigns, including the “Vaccinate Your Baby” campaign with celebrity spokesperson Amanda Peet.
Former Philadelphian Megan Reilly moved to DC for college and recently graduated with a degree in Marketing from the Catholic University of America. Before joining the team at Savor PR she worked as an Events & Marketing Intern at Washingtonian Magazine, where she created content for the magazine’s social media channels, pitched and organized local restaurant participation for the annual Best of Washington event, and assisted with the logistics of ten other major events. She previously managed the social media accounts of two local bakeries and has also has spent time working with Ferencomm, an entertainment PR firm in New York City. During her free time Megan enjoys attempting the latest Bon Appetit test kitchen recipes, going to the movies and skiing.